The Song Remains the Same (Somewhat)

Yeah, sorry, this isn’t a post about Led Zepplin. But you’ll like it, I promise. You know how we are always talking about the cool old rugs and wondering how rug hookers from years ago worked on their rugs and shared their love of hooking? Today while noodling around the blogs, I came across this wonderful resource from Life magazine, posted by Brenda Beerhorst over on Kinship in Color and Wool in March of last year.  Look at these great 1950s photos of a rug hooking bee held at Dearborn Village in MI.

It doesn’t look so different than how we lug our frames and wool and rugs to camps and workshop, does it? Of course, our frames are easier to carry and use, and not all of us are hooking ginormous rugs, but here they were, doing the same things we do today. I am a baby of the 1950s, so all the dresses and hats really take me back to my childhood – as well as the black and white photos. This hooking bee actually took place when I was 5 months old (go ahead, do the math.)  Wouldn’t it have been fun to see these rugs in color? I especially admire the lone man in these photos — I am sure he took some grief from the guys about making rugs!Copyright LIFE magazine, photo credit, Silk, 1951

And the sweet little girl in her peter pan collar dress and Mary Janes (feet resting on the stretcher bar of the frame) as she works on her part of her Mama’s rug; she’s having fun with the worms in several photos.

Copyright LIFE magazine; photo credit : Silk, July 1951It was a beautiful setting for this hooking bee wasn’t it? And they sure had a good turnout. I hope you enjoy perusing all the photos . . . it was a fun sidetrack for me today — thanks  for sharing Brenda!!

Do you have a source of old rug hooking-relating photos? Please share yours!

Hook on dear friends,



3 thoughts on “The Song Remains the Same (Somewhat)

  1. Sally –
    That was such an enjoyable read! There is a little girl inside of me that still wants to wear Peter Pan collars and Mary Jane shoes …. And the big girl
    inside and out wants to hook – hook – hook!


    • Hey Bonnie! So glad you enjoyed that (and we have to thank Brenda for leading us there.) You go right ahead and wear those Peter Pan collars and Mary Janes – maybe you’ll start a new fashion trend (it all comes back at some point, right?) Just be sure to take lots of photos! LOL! Well, at least your “big girl” can hook all she wants without embarrassment. Love ya!



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